Spirits (精霊 Seirei ) (also errondously known as Fairies/Faeries in the anime series) are magical beings that haunt the world, residing within old objects they born from. Normally they are hidden in plain sight, but witches in Finland developed a magic song that calls them from their hiding and appeases them.
Spirits are small incorporeal creatures that are the very soul of an object developed after a long time, approximately one hundred years. Their appearances vary from one and another, but what most of them share in common is their bodies seemed to be composed of light. There are spirits called Will-'o-the-wisp or Fire Spirits which are distinguished by their quality of emitting a brightness similar to fire. Another class are called Wind Spirits, which can move with and generate wind.
While spirits mostly behave peace and friendly as many of them befriends with witches, they can also become aggressive as seen in The Enchanted Parade. It seemed that magic used to attract and communicate with spirits would also affect their mood depend on the said magic's purpose. For instance, dark magic used by a Titan in The Enchanted Parade on various objects surrounding its prison provoked nearby spirits to become aggressive and causing chaos, while Lotte's sheet of ancestral song would attract and entertained nearby spirits that made them had fun with her.
Due to their non-corporeal nature and can only be perceived by those who have degree of magical skills like witches or wizards, Spirits can be confused with Ghosts. In spite of their similarities, it should be noted that spirits and ghosts are actually separate type of entities: Whereas spirits are non-corporeal magical beings manifested from objects that went past a hundred of years, ghosts are actually disembodied soul of once-living creatures.
The spirits can be contracted with witches in a similar way to a familiar, so that the spirit can stay close and give the witch his help and advice.
Powers and Abilities
Spirits can possess inanimate objects and even give the said object anthropomorphic attributes in the process, particularly items they manifested from. Being born as soul manifested from old objects they resided within after around 100 years, they possess vast knowledge about the said items, including its history.
In addition of bright light, some spirit may have other abilities unique of their own. For example, the Will-'o-the-wisp can emit bright light from their bodies to illuminate dark places and even generate fire.
- In The Enchanted Parade, Lotte's sheet music for the Song of the Spirits has the lyrics for Bjork's song "Crying".
- The concept of spirits as incorporeal entities born as soul of old items they resided at likely based on the Tsukumogami